BBC reporter films office of horrific moment collapses after Beirut explosion in interview – World News


A BBC journalist was conducting a live video interview when the office she was in collapsed following the devastating explosion in Beirut.Arab BBC News reporter Maryam Toumi spoke to Faisal Al-Aseel, project manager at the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy in the Lebanese capital at the time of the explosion.

As she speaks, the walls start to shake ominously, causing her to look around in increasing panic, before a rash is heard and the camera is thrown to the floor as the desk collapses.

Mr. Al-Aseel is in shock as the screen turns red before moving his monitor to show it to a woman wearing a face mask, also in the room with him.

Maryam Toumi conducted a live interview during the explosion

An alarm can be heard before Ms. Toumi gets up and lifts the camera off the ground.

Officials said they expected the death toll – already at 78 – to rise further after Tuesday’s explosion, as rescuers dug rubble to save people and remove the dead.

Images of the blast shared by residents on social media showed a column of smoke rising from the harbor followed by a huge explosion, sending a white cloud and fireball into the sky.

A disturbing growl can be heard as she looks around in panic

Then as she gets up the office collapses

The victims were reportedly taken out of town for treatment because hospitals in Beirut were filled with wounded.

At least 4,000 were injured in the blast.

While people were warned to stay indoors due to the risk of toxic fumes.

His interviewees watch in shock as the screen turns red

Hours after the explosion, which struck shortly after 6 p.m., a fire still broke out in the port area, casting an orange glow across the night sky as helicopters hovered and ambulance sirens sounded in the capital .

The Lebanese government said it was still struggling to establish the scale of the disaster.

President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been stored for six years at the port without security measures and said it was “unacceptable”.

Officials did not say what caused the initial fire that set off the explosion. A security source and local media said he started with welding work done on a hole in the warehouse.

Survivors described the aftermath as the last days of the civil war.


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